Our Top 10 Blogs from 2017: Real Weddings, Planning Advice, Styling Tips and more!

Our top 10 blogs from 2017 at Hampton Event Hire, Gold Coast  furniture hire

The new year is always a busy one for us, with so many engagements taking place over the holidays, and plans being made for weddings in 2018!

One of the best parts about our job is helping brides and grooms-to-be navigate their way through this exciting journey - particularly through sharing beautiful inspiration, advice and tips via the Hampton Event Hire blog.

So we thought we’d kick off the brand new year by looking back at our top 10 blogs from 2017 - and luckily, our most-loved blogs also happen to be some of the most helpful when it comes to your wedding planning journey.

From gorgeous real weddings on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay, to planning tips, upcoming trends and styling advice, here are your 10 most-loved, most-clicked and most-shared blogs from 2017. Enjoy!

Planning tips | How to plan a marquee wedding reception

How to plan a marquee wedding reception, with Hampton Event Hire

It seems like marquee weddings are on the rise, because this helpful blog was our most-visited in 2017. Which makes sense, because planning a marquee wedding can definitely be overwhelming when you don’t know what to keep in mind!

From costs involved to supplier logistics and furniture requirements, this blog will walk you through the process of building your dream wedding from the ground up, with some expert advice and visual inspiration to get you started.

Real wedding: Jess and Mitch, Yamba Shores Tavern

Jess and Mitch, Yamba Shores Tavern wedding with Hampton Event Hire

Jess and Mitch’s relaxed Yamba wedding was another popular feature with our audience, filled with natural styling, crisp white and timber tones, and beautiful floral arrangements.

Beginning with an intimate beachfront ceremony, these guys danced the night away at the Yamba Shores Tavern, decorating their reception with our gorgeous white bentwood chairs and wooden feasting tables. The day was captured by our friends at Heart and Colour, and is definitely one to check out for some organic styling inspiration.

Styling tips: How to transform a function room for your wedding!

How to transform a function room for your wedding, with Hampton Event Hire

Function rooms can be a tricky one to style, but when done right, the end result can be pretty spectacular. It’s all about thoughtful planning and knowing which elements to focus on in order to transform the space.

In this blog feature, we focused on Chantelle and Ted’s stunning wedding at The Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast, styled so perfectly by our friends at The Events Lounge. From colour schemes to furniture recommendations, you can check out our top tips along with more gorgeous imagery over on the blog.

Styling tips: 5 creative backdrop ideas

5 creative backdrop ideas for your wedding, with Hampton Event Hire

Backdrops are one of our favourite elements for any wedding, and it seems like you guys agree! We recently featured 5 creative backdrop ideas to inspire you for your own big day, with our top tips on using backdrops to create a statement.

From modern wire options to green walls and lighting installations, check out our favourite backdrop ideas over on the blog. Think photo booths, bar backdrops, bridal table feature... the possibilities are endless!

Styling tips: How to style a bohemian wedding reception

How to style a bohemian wedding reception, with tips from Hampton Event Hire

Bohemian inspired weddings will always be a favourite of ours, but it can be a hard style to pull off tastefully. To help you create the perfect balance of organic and eclectic, we featured our top styling tips to bring a bohemian wedding reception to life.

From textiles to lighting and floral inspiration, the blog also includes some creative styling ideas from some of our favourite boho weddings to get you started. And of course, we've featured furniture and decor suggestions to help you achieve this look for your own big day.

Real wedding: Kathryn and Dylan, Brisbane 

Kathryn and Dylan's marquee wedding reception in Brisbane, with Hampton Event Hire

Kathryn & Dylan’s colourful Brisbane wedding was filled with vibrant details and incredible floral styling. One of our most popular real weddings in 2017, we loved featuring this marquee wedding with an incredible team on board.

With our white bentwood chairs and wooden feasting tables helping to create their modern reception, we show you how to achieve this look with furniture and decor suggestions from our range. You can check out more goodness from SummitStudio photography below!

Planning tips: When to hire furniture for your wedding

When to hire furniture for your wedding - a 12 month timeline, with Hampton Event Hire

Planning a wedding can be hard work, but we’ve made it a little easier for you with this furniture hire timeline - letting you know exactly which items to book and when!

There’s a reason why this blog was so popular in 2017 - our timeline clears up any confusion you may have about hiring furniture for your wedding, and helps you stay on track with your planning process.

Styling tips: Colour palette trends for 2018 weddings

Wedding colour palette trends for 2018, with Hampton Event Hire

Forecasting wedding trends is something we love to do at the end of each year, and our colour palette trends really resonated with you guys! We shared our top predictions for colour schemes and combinations, along with some suggested furniture and decor pairings to help you achieve this look.

Soft pastels, tropical tones and modern monochrome all make a feature in this blog post, with some helpful mood boards providing a visual guide for you to work from.

Real wedding: Carmen and Nick, Gold Coast

Carmen and Nick's real wedding on the Gold Coast, with Hampton Event Hire

Carmen and Nick’s vibrant Gold Coast celebration took a backyard wedding to the next level! We loved being involved in their day and sharing all of the colourful details with you over on the blog, with a modern selection of our cocktail furniture being used to create their dream day.

With a super talented team on board including Event Stylist & Co, these pictures from Figtree Wedding Photography were a joy to share over on the blog.

Styling tips: 5 wedding flower trends for 2018!

5 wedding flower trends for 2018, with Hampton Event Hire

It’s safe to say we’re pretty excited about what’s to come for wedding florals in 2018, and you guys seemed to love this post as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Our predictions for wedding flower trends in 2018 include dried botanicals, cascading orchids, dark foliage and round ceremony installations - with a bunch of beautiful imagery to get the inspiration flowing.

Thanks so much for following along with us here at the Hampton Event Hire blog - we truly love sharing our experiences and expertise with you, and hope we can act as a helpful guide during your wedding planning process!

If you’re planning a wedding in 2018, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team at any time with any questions or enquiries. We can help you create the perfect furniture plan for your event, servicing weddings on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Byron Bay and beyond. You can view our extensive furniture and decor range online, or email us for a copy of our catalogue.

And finally - let us know if there are any topics you’d love us to discuss on the blog this year. If you have any questions or dilemmas regarding planning, styling or weddings in general, just shoot us an email and we’ll do our best to provide some guidance!

We’ll continue sharing our favourite real weddings and events, style guides, planning tips and more - so stay tuned via our mailing list and Instagram feed for the latest news. We're looking forward to another busy 2018 filled with beautiful weddings and events!